The Sonorama hosts a festival at your house this weekend

With the third week of confinement almost consumed, it is inevitable to think of summer. It will be strange that he has not already imagined himself wearing shorts and enjoying a good terrace with friends. With less than a meter and a half of distance between colleague and colleague. What a desire, yes, to enjoy a few drinks in the company of someone of flesh and blood who does not pixel on the other side of the screen. And above all, what you want from a good concert. That the calendar does not lie and reveals to us that it’s been almost a month without enjoying a live band. At least in the usual format, because technology is helping to organize a performance as easy as clicking.

The Sonorama Ribera festival, which has been held for more than 20 years in Aranda de Duero, has wanted to join this initiative in a very special way. For three days it will recall the best moments of last year’s edition. Sonorama Ribera At Home consists in forty performances that can be followed in streaming through its website starting this Friday at 1:00 p.m.

The perfect opportunity to enjoy a festival that you missed by running out of subscription or, why not, to return live to a group that you discovered in Aranda and since then you have not stopped recommending. All this with a single purpose, to liven up the quarantine to all music lovers. These days you are the headliner. The main stage goes to your house »they promise.

The poster highlights two of the headliners from last year: Love of Lesbian and Biscayan Shinova. In fact, the full concerts of both groups will be broadcast. In addition, the online festival will offer the opportunity to enjoy again the concert that gave Nacho Cano with more than a dozen guest artists. And many more proper names: Tarque, Tequila, Miss Caffeina, Zahara, Fuel Fandango, Morgan, Viva Sweden, Carolina Durante, Fangoria… In addition, on Sunday the performance of the English will be broadcast Crystal Fighters, who put the Anglo-Saxon note on the festival and will do it again this time. The difference? That this time, instead of in shorts, you can enjoy it in your pajamas.


The Peralada festival offers three pears of its own production on its website

The Castell de Peralada Festival joins the initiative to bring culture closer to citizens during confinement and will offer three operas of own production in its web. From Friday and until the quarantine lasts, the Empordà contest will be uploaded to three full titles, open and free to recover shows released in previous editions.

It is about Combattimento, with music by Claudio Monteverdi and with stage direction by Joan Anton Rechi and musical direction by Fausto Nardi (2016); Turandot, by Giacomo Puccini, with stage direction by Mario Gas and with Giampaolo Bisanti on the podium (2016), and The Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi, with stage direction and proposal by Paco Azorín and with the baton of Riccardo Frizza (2019).

Released on August 1, 2016 at the Cloister of the Carmen, Combat, love and struggles in the madrigals of Monteverdi, is a small-format opera directed by the stage director Joan Anton Rechi and with Fausto Nardi at the head of the Vespres d’Arnadí formation. With the voices of Sara Blanch, Anna Alàs, David Alegret and Víctor Sordo, Combattimento is a poetic circle inspired by music by Monteverdi, a desperate search for love which, when found, is transformed into confrontation through small musical gems that speak of relationships, the mysteries of love, of falling in love and imposing on the other, trying to overcome – lose it … to discover that we cannot live with this absence.

Also premiered in August 2016, but in the Parc del Castell auditorium, Turandot is the third construction opera km 0 of the festival i the return to Peralada of the theater director Mario Gas with an operatic production. Singers Iréne Theorin, Roberto Aronica, Maria Katzarova and Andrea Mastroni played the main roles in a production that also featured the Intermezzo Choir. The Puccini score was performed by the Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu under the musical direction of teacher Giampaolo Bisanti.

The most recent is The Traviata, presented by Paco Azorín in August 2019. With musical direction by Riccardo Frizza, it is a new production of the festival, also built in workshops in the Alt Empordà, which had an international cast led by Ekaterina Bakanova, René Barbera and Quinn Kelsey, and with the participation of the Symphony Orchestra the Gran Teatre del Liceu and the teacher José Luis Baso at the head of the Intermezzo Choir.


A festival dies of Corona every day

Rilke always goes. “Lord, it’s time. The summer was very big. ”How we would have loved to have sighed in October 2020. As every year, exhausted, tired, overflowing with impressions, but happy. Because our festival summer was again a big one, at least a rich one. Will it happen this fall? Rather not.

The Bayreuth Festival has just been canceled. And the new “ring” has been postponed to 2022. There are many inherent system and pandemic reasons. For example, a poorly ventilated, aisle-free festival hall, in which a crowd of sixties from sixty upwards squeezes onto narrow wooden seats and immediately, the light has gone out, coughing from tuxedo jackets and stoles. And where, it rains, because of the lack of foyers, crowding in tight quarters, sausage rolls, jostling.

The orchestra, meanwhile, is crouched in a hidden ditch – close to each other, mostly experienced and therefore mostly not quite young musicians, not necessarily fully clothed. If there was a dissemination paradise, it would be called the Bayreuth Festival Theater. It could have become the Ischgl of the opera world.

Just like the brave Salzburg Festival, which has not yet been canceled. Because here, too, there is: a rich – well – older clientele who stumbles every day in a provincial capital, which is already flooded with tourist crowds, gasping for breath through heat waves or rain in narrow streets. And then, also in thousands, in theater buildings, in order to afterwards drink and eat what is seen in what is not exactly generous bars, drinking and eating. And that for six weeks.

Will that still be possible now? Would we enjoy carefree if there is no corona vaccine yet? Can this still be done with missing seniors in permanent quarantine? We will have to do without the Salzburg Festival and the Bayreuth Festival. And probably also at all other festivals, festivals, chamber music re-controls, artist encounters. And that’s right.

However, those responsible in Salzburg, as far as they express themselves, still stick to their appointments. Salzburg begins on July 18, Bayreuth traditionally would have started on July 25th, the Lucerne Festival as the largest of the Switzerland Mid August. That was a long time ago, but will it be enough in the Austrian and Swiss cases?

In Salzburg, the artistic director Markus Hinterhäuser gives us courage using a three-step plan. The summer festival must be started behind the scenes on 30 May at the latest. In Lucerne, Michael Haefliger, as head of a flexible orchestral festival, is confident with no scenic productions. But behind the scenes you can hear something else.

It would have been extraordinary vintages for both of the most important German-language opera festivals: Salzburg would like to celebrate its 100th anniversary with great pomp, especially with even more performances, and a new “Ring des Nibelungen” would have been available in Bayreuth from July 27th. Four premieres in six days with almost 16 hours of music, the most powerful production company that knows the music world.

In Bayreuth the rehearsals should have started on April 1st, otherwise it would have been tight because in the end three more, resumed Wagner works had to share a stage. Contracts for orchestras, singers and security forces should have been finalized, and millions of people are juggling right now. The Board of Directors has now rightly decided against it. Because what would have been if there had been a suspicion of corona among the international actors? Closing from now on!

Also in Salzburg you have to Austria has just announced the shutdown until the end of April, certainly at least to forego the Pentecost Festival of Cecilia Bartoli starting on May 29th. Just like the opening of the anniversary exhibition at the end of April. That would have little impact for the summer, but why should everything be different again? How should the participants and the audience come in from all over the world, if many nations still have closed borders, and air traffic functions only minimally?

How should international orchestras come to Lucerne that have run out of money or because, as has long been the case in America, from the Metropolitan Opera to the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, the musicians were fired? And will the public still be able and willing to pay up to 430 euros in Salzburg or 350 francs in Lucerne? Will sponsors jump out? Or who balances the budgets, if maybe only every third place can be sold preventively?

Other institutions have long since decided on this hard cut: No festivals this summer in Burgenland, neither the Operetta Festival Mörbisch nor the opera in the Roman quarry in St. Margarethen, which attracted thousands every day. In England, with the exception of the Glyndebourne Festival, which is now planned to start on July 14th instead of May 21st, all other privately financed summer operas for 2020 have already closed their doors; the Aldeburgh Festival in Suffolk, founded by Benjamin Britten, which was due to start on June 12, was also canceled.

The third largest Swiss summer festival in Verbier has already given up. Here, event locations would have to be built up, the youth orchestra as the backbone of the program would surely have preludes that cannot take place. In Bayreuth – hopefully – the normal schedule will run with a new “Dutchman” in summer 2021; this year’s “ring” singers will be required elsewhere in May and June 2021, and will have to earn back any money they have just lost. So we will have to wait two years until we experience a new “ring” from Valentin Schwarz.

So we have to stick to Rilke’s “autumn day” until further notice: “Who is alone now will stay long, / will watch, read, write long letters / and will wander back and forth / restlessly in the avenues if the leaves are floating. “


The Sea Otter Europe Cycling Festival is postponed to the end of September

The fourth edition of the Sea Otter Europe Costa Brava-Girona Bike Show, which was to take place from May 29 to May 31, has been postponed due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19. The organization announced that it will be postponed until autumn and will be held on the weekend of September 25-27, 2020, in Girona and the Costa Brava.

The decision is made two months before the expected date of celebration in the circumstances of the spread of COVID-19 and due to the uncertainty that causes such a massive scenario. The 2019 edition closed with a balance of more than 60,000 visitors, 400 exhibiting brands and 6,100 cyclists in the different races, a volume of people that makes it difficult to manage with the maximum guarantees of health and safety. The organizers emphasize that “the virus’s involvement is so global that generating its displacement, while complicated, would be irresponsible.”


‘LaLiga Santander Fest’ raises more than 625,000 euros in a historic online festival

‘La Liga Santander Fest’ has raised this Saturday 625,108.47 eurosthanks to a historic and massive festival that has brought together fifty artists such asAlejandro Sanz, Juanes, Aitana, José Mercé and David Bisbal, among others, and 20 First Division players representing all the clubs to fight the coronavirus.

The event organized by LaLiga and Banco Santander,presented by Eva González and Tony Aguilar, It has lasted more than four hours and has brought together the best of the musical world in a ‘macro-concert’ unprecedented in the history of Spain. This charity marathon will continue to receive donations until Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m.

All the money raised will be donated, through the Banco Santander Foundation, which has also contributed one million face masks, to help mitigate the effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. On the one hand, the largest volume will be directed to the purchase of sanitary material and will be channeled following the government’s health priorities, in coordination with the Superior Sports Council (CSD).

In addition, a part of the funds raised at ‘LaLigaSantander Fest’ will gointended for the #SaldremosJuntos initiative, led by Saúl Ñígueztogether with other athletes, journalists, ‘influencers’ and designers to help SMEs and freelancers affected by the health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus.

One of the first footballers to appear was the captain of Real Madrid,Sergio Ramos, who said “there is no better place than home” to fight the diseaseand he hoped that “football and music” will serve these days “to disconnect and have a better time”. Santi Cazorla joined the merengue defense, who assured that “among all” it will be possible to “make a huge donation”.

One of the funniest was Joaquín Sánchez, the captain of Real Betis. “We are going to kick the virus that we are going to send to his home, which is fine”, while the former player from Valencia and Barça, Gaizka Mendieta, LaLiga Ambassador, showed his amazement at the “impressive cast of artists and athletes “who formed the event. “I want to thank the professionals who make these eternal shiftsand that they take care so that we are all safe and sound. We know what a show of support is – when we received applause in a stadium – and now we have to be on the other side to support them because they are giving everything, “added the former midfielder ‘che’, in the same line as Fernando Morientes, another of the agency’s Ambassadors.

Iker Muniain, from Athletic; Koke and Saúl, from Atlético de Madrid; Oier Sanjurho, from Osasuna; Manu García, from Alavés; Piqué and Rakitic, from Barça; Jorge Molina and Jaime Mata, from Getafe; Víctor Díaz, from Granada; José Luis Morales, from Levante; Hugo Mallo, from Celta; Javi López and Wu Lei, from Espanyol; Xisco Campos, from Mallorca; Lucas Vázquez, from Real Madrid; Unai Bustinza, CD Leganés; Asier Illarramendi, from La Real; Javi Moyano, from Valladolid; Sergi Enrich, from Eibar; Jesús Navas, from Seville; and Dani Parejo and Rodrigo Moreno, from Valencia.

In addition to the cited artists:Antonio Carmona, Antonio José, Antonio Orozco, Ainhoa ​​Arteta, Beret, Cami, Danna Paola, Diogo Piçarra, El Arrebato, Juan Magan, Lang Lang, Lola Índigo, Lucas Vidal, Luciano Pereyra, Luis Fonsi, Manuel Carrasco, Miriam, Mon Laferte, Morat, Pablo Alborán, Pablo López, Raphael, Rosario, Sebastián Yatra, Stool, Tini and Vanesa Martín put the grain of sand from their houses.


Leon Benavente’s concert at the Strenes festival has been canceled

León Benavente has confirmed that he will not be performing in the Strenes festival program, as planned, for coronavirus. The group had to play the April 4 in the room Mirona de Salt, but due to the health emergency he has been forced to suspend the concert.

“We would like to be able to play as early as possible, but we must follow the recommendations and put our part forward so that it ends as soon as possible,” the group says in a statement. will return the amount of tickets from Monday through the same channels that were purchased.

As for the rest of the festival’s programming, the organization says “it is working hard to present the best possible edition of the 2020 Strenes”, but “unfortunately there are some concerts that cannot be postponed.”


The Sismgraf Festival is postponed to September in a smaller format with Catalan companies

Olot City Council has announced that the strategic dance festival Seismograph, which was due April 23-26, will be postponed until the end of September for the coronavirus. The dates are not confirmed yet. It will be smaller and with the participation of Catalan companies.

We will renounce the most international part but give Catalan companies a chance because we feel the duty and more in these times of crisis of the cultural sector so important, “said the mayor.

He also said that the budget will be “radically different” but it is too early now to give more details. He explained this at the special plenary session this Friday that was done electronically, the first thing the institution does.

According to talks between Olot City Council and the Generalitat, which also participates in the organization, it has been decided to postpone it until the end of September and thus keep the strategic festival appointment for this year.

The Mayor of the city, Pep Berga, has explained that “we will make a smaller seismograph to give an opportunity to all those companies that have worked already so that they do not lose any income”, said the mayor, at the same time, it will enable “boosting trade and hospitality”. “Anything that is reprogrammable” will be done, he added. In this sense, he emphasized the need to support the cultural sector because, following the confinement, this year “will have a very bad time.”

What will be maintained is the professional day that was planned for April with the participation of about eighty participants and that will be carried out electronically. Berga explained that the budget will be “radically different” but cannot give more details because there are still fringes, such as dates (it could be done last weekend in September but it is not closed).

The assemblies will be reprogrammed

“Nothing is created or destroyed. Everything is transformed” is the motto of the new seismograph format that has had to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. It will be structured around three areas of action: the professional day that will be telematic in April, the autumn performances and a line of support to support dance.

The organizers explain that “the maximum number of shows to be performed in April will be rescheduled” in the shape of Replicas (when they go outside festival day) and Pyroclasts (shows outside Olot) or within the regular performing arts program of Olot in 2021.

As for the day for professionals, it remains on April 24 but will be broadcast on the network and can be consulted later. This year’s topics are “Climate Emergency and Culture”, presenting projects in the magma chamber, speed meetings with the companies that were to attend the festival, and a farewell party on social media.

Support for dance companies

As a strategic dance festival in Catalonia, it is working with Cartalan Arts to launch support lines for companies. The first phase will be to contact them all to find out about their needs and then, on a case-by-case basis, how to best help them. Contacts with companies have already begun.

This edition emphasized sustainability and responsibility, both social and ecological. For example, programs that have already been printed will be given to the Integra association that works with people with disabilities for another use in their facilities.

Very hard confinement for the sector

The director admits that the coronavirus crisis and confinement are being “very hard” for the arts sector. A discipline that, from its point of view, must be enjoyed “live” in order to maintain contact between the creator and the audience. However he makes the following reflection. “Technology has helped us see that we can find so much more without having to move, it has helped us to develop ways to share information and take it calmly, and also to help us find new ways to explain proposals. artistic “.

And he concludes that, just as scientists work to find a vaccine, the Seismograph will look for “new ways to make a festival and to bring together creators, professionals and citizens“.


A festival to enjoy in pajamas

From the armchair or on the sofa at home. No queues and at least a meter and a half away from the passenger. This is how you can see the concerts of the North Pajama Fest, a streaming music festival that takes place from Thursday to Saturday with alternative groups from northern Spain, especially the Basque Country.

“There are many little-known artist groups that are simply sublime. What better than to take advantage of this time to discover them », Organizer Michelle Saint-Aubyn says about this home leisure plan, which is part of the large number of proposals designed these days to make the confinement more bearable. The first batch of performances features the people of Donostia Indian fathers and the singer-songwriter from Bilbao Lorelei Green. “The good thing about these live shows is that we can read the comments and respond instantly,” Green announces about the special connection with the public, in this case, from a distance.

To see the performances, just click on the linked accounts. Like every festival, it has its own poster and there are established schedules. From the organization they also recognize that they have had to face different logistical issues that have caused bands such as the Mungia quintet, TOC, to have fallen off the cartel. “There were groups that had the instruments in the rehearsal room and since they couldn’t get together it was very difficult for them to prepare the live show, I was even canceled by a gang because I was on the coronavirus protocol».

The concerts on March 27 and Saturday 28 start at 7:00 p.m. and will last until 9:30 p.m. Each performance lasts half an hour. The person in charge of officiating the closing on Saturday is the Dejay from Burgos, Yahaira, a regular on the scene in Vitoria. If there is something the network has, it is that the borders are blurred. «My initial idea was that they were all exclusively from the Basque Country, but word spread, artistic proposals began to come to me and I simply couldn’t say no, as is the case with Sons of Med a Catalan group that has undoubtedly been a discovery for me », Saint-Aubyn says. This band was scheduled to play in Bilbao last week. It is one of the many plans overturned by the state of alarm that finally take place in front of the screen.

“Worrying numbers”

In addition, the festival is organized in collaboration with Me Quedo En Casa Fest, created by the organization Music Women México. “Our main intention was to make an exchange of musical culture and reach more audiences”. What is clear is that the running of the bulls has not ended creativity. “A lot of art and very creative ideas are emerging, such as podcasts by very interesting music groups and journalists, video clips in full confinement, wherever I look people are creating, and I like that,” says Saint-Aubyn.

The panorama does not invite optimism. “It is no longer just the cancellations of concerts, tours and festivals, something that already means many losses for all companies in the world of music, as well as for artists,” he says, referring to the music industry data on consumption. in streaming. These collect a fall of 8%, just last week. “The numbers are troubling and I think it will be difficult to recover from this”he comments. As the singer says Lorelei Green, the objective of these initiatives is clear. “Those of us who dedicate ourselves to music cannot heal bodies, but we can help time to pass faster, connect with whoever wants to listen and bring a little light to their homes.”


San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival canceled due to coronavirus

The winners in last year's edition /
The winners in last year’s edition

Its celebration was scheduled between April 23 and 30


The City of Saint Sebastian has decided to cancel the 18th edition of the Human Rights Film Festival It was scheduled between April 23 and 30 as well as the morning screenings for schoolchildren.

Donostia Kultura reported this Thursday in a statement that the “social responsibility and limitations” caused by the coronavirus pandemic make it impossible to organize the event with guarantees for those dates.

He reiterates, “now more than ever”, his commitment to a “transformative culture” that denounces human rights violations and “advocates solidarity and empathy” for which he assures that he will continue working to promote initiatives and offer his programming to the Throughout the year, “if circumstances permit.”

Remember that he has opened a channel curated by the festival in collaboration with Filmin where you can access films screened in previous editions, titles directed by award-winning filmmakers for their careers in the contest, works by women filmmakers with a social theme and a dedicated section to Basque productions, which includes the premiere on that film platform of the documentary “Threads of Sorority”.


25 music theater artists sign up for a festival on Instagram

The performing arts sector continues to mobilize to keep in touch with the public despite the state of emergency. Now it is the world of musical theater which, through the communication and scenic prescriptions portals TeatreBarcelona and TeatroMadrid, proposes the Little Sunday music, a festival with at least 25 artists from both cities to be broadcast on Instagram accounts of the two websites.

The streaming appointment will be on Sunday, March 22, with the aim of bringing some of the great pieces of the genre to the confined population. At the moment, artists like Oriol Burés, Mariona Castillo, Jordi Coll, Clàudia Bravo, Laura González, Júlia Molins, Marc Flynn or Jan Forrellat have signed up.

The initiative will be seen simultaneously on the Instagram accounts of both portals next Sunday, to coincide with the 90th anniversary of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, author of the musical A little night music whose festival is named after.

The broadcast schedules, as well as the addition of more artists, will be announced soon on the Twitter profiles of these two theater prescribers from Barcelona and Madrid.